Britain's Dixons Carphone profits rise as online shines during pandemic

LONDON, Dec 16 (Reuters) - British electricals retailer Dixons Carphone reported a big rise in first half profit, with a strong online performance more than offsetting the forced closure of its stores during COVID-19 lockdowns.

The group, which trades as Currys and PC World in the UK and Ireland, said on Wednesday it made an adjusted pretax profit of 89 million pounds ($112 million) in the six months to Oct. 31 versus 2 million pounds in the same period last year.

The group, which makes most of its annual profit in the second half, said the outlook remained uncertain but trading was strong in the six weeks to Dec. 12 with electricals like-for-like sales up 16% despite extensive store closures in UK and Greece.

$1 = 0.7424 pounds Reporting by James Davey, editing by Estelle Shirbon